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About winemaker

About Winemaker, Christopher Van Alyea

Christopher Van Alyea attended the University of Oregon where he received a BA in Geography and Spanish. It was up there where he grew an appreciation for great beer but it was his first glass of Zinfandel from a Dry Creek Winery a few years later that truly altered his life path. He soon thereafter went to work in wine sales with a large distributor, and more importantly it was around this time he started to produce his own small lots of wine from the family vineyard located in Sonoma County.

Since his first vintage in 1999 he has worked at wineries in Sonoma and San Diego counties and has taken both viticulture and winemaking classes at UC Davis and Santa Rosa Junior College. In 2002, he released the first vintage of a Christopher Cameron Vineyards wine and in 2006 developed the Costa Azul brand. His wines were produced in Sonoma County from 2002-2005 and began all of his winemaking in San Diego with the 2006 vintage. These two labels have been sold in many of the top restaurants and wine shops in San Diego County.

In 2004, he received Certification I and II from the International Sommelier Guild which has assisted in the tasting and blending portion of winemaking. He has produced and sold bulk wine to wineries in Napa and Sonoma county, has done consulting for wineries in San Diego County, and has been a judge at local wine competitions. He loves every aspect of the business, especially fermentation, the role oak plays in the wine aging process, and working with single vineyard wines.